Podcast: How to pay for Christchurch

The Green Party have a plan to pay for Christchurch — a temporary levy on income — one that avoids adding more debt to the Government’s books. I talked to Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman about the details of that plan.

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  1. Val, do you think attaching the levy to rates is the fairest way to proceed? By attaching it to income levels, there is an approximate correlation to those most able to pay. It’s also administratively much easier to deliver, working through one central agency (IRD) rather than through multiple district and city councils.

  2. I think it should be a small levy on rates – so everyone contributes a little – property owners, tenants (through rent) – eg for 5 years. After all – it is about rebuilding – and the rebuilding of Christchurch will benefit all New Zealand.

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